Have you ever wondered why marijuana is illegal while alcohol and cigarettes are not? Even though marijuana is beneficial to the health and is also beneficial economic wise, one might think to themselves why is it still illegal? The legalization of marijuana has been one of the most controversial topics ever. So, what is marijuana exactly? Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa also known as weed. It is also the most popular and widespread drug in the world with 164 million users worldwide, it’s value is pegged at around $300 billion. If this drug was so bad for you, then why is it that you never heard of someone dying of marijuana? The rate of absolutely zero deaths from a marijuana overdose remained steady even though it was legalized in some states in the United States. There are almost 4 deaths reported every year because of people putting their pants on. So how crazy is it that it is safer to smoke marijuana than to put your pants on? And yet marijuana is very illegal and 1in every 6 prisoners in the United States end up in prison because of issues related to marijuana.
So what makes marijuana a drug? Marijuana is a drug because it alters the brains functions and control and is also considered a depressant because the psychoactive effects give the user a relaxed feeling aznpanda(2013) but that does not mean it does it in a bad way.
Marijuana goes a long way back, as it has first been used in 2737 BC in china. It was used as a medication for rheumatism, gout, malaria, and funny enough, for absent-mindedness.
Since it has been very common recently and people in America could have access to it as easily as a slice of pizza, many researches have taken place Recent research has demonstrated that there are many health benefits to marijuana that people do not know off. Did you know that Marijuana slows and stops cancer cells from spreading, prevents Alzheimer, treats glaucoma and Protects brain after a stroke? And that’s not even nearly half of its benefits , there are more than 30 health benefits. Can you imagine how a thing as beneficial as marijuana be illegal? To simply put it , because of marijuana being illegal ,unwell and ill people are denied life altering medication that is proven to be effective.
At least 84% of the public believes the drug should be legal for medical uses
The second reason why marijuana should be legal is the cost. According to official estimates, over 700,000 people were arrested 2014 for marijuana offenses and this is only on the area of the United States. This makes the costs for enforcement taxes extremely high, something that would be avoided if marijuana were to become legal. According to an ACLU report of 2013, taxpayers shelled out up to $6 billion to cover both the enforcement and incarceration of people who illegally use this drug.
Aside from helping us save money, some say that legalization of marijuana can actually make an upwards of $7 billions! The legalization is not only predicted to do this, but will actually create a taxable industry and create thousands new legit job positions.